Nernier is a commune in the French department of Haute- Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region.


Nernier is located on 375 m above sea level. Level, 22 km north- east of Geneva (air line). The village is located on the south bank of Lake Geneva, approximately opposite the Swiss town of Nyon, on the Presqu'ile du Léman, a broad peninsula that juts far into the lake.

The area of ​​1.82 km ² municipal area includes a section on the south bank of Lake Geneva, the lake shore line is approximately 2.5 km. The municipal area extends from the shallow lake shore southward over a gently rising slope and reached to the level at 425 m above sea Essert. M. its highest peak.

Neighboring communities of Nernier are Messery the west and south and the east of Yvoire.


The area around Nernier was inhabited very early. The oldest traces come from a riparian boundary settlement from the Neolithic period. Even during the Roman era there was a settlement here.

It is first mentioned in the 12th century Nernier. It evolved in the Middle Ages as an important port and trading center on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. The name is derived from the Old French word Néron (black) and probably refers to a place that was once covered by dense forest.


Nernier has a remarkable, closed late medieval village image. The village church tower received its Italian-style only in the course of the 18th century. On the eastern edge of the village there is a castle. Just south of the town is the chapel of Notre -Dame-du -Lac from the 20th century.


With 467 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Nernier is one of the small towns in the Haute-Savoie region. In recent decades, a strong growth of population was recorded. Outside the village near the lake shore there are many second homes.

Economy and infrastructure

Nernier was until well into the 20th century a predominantly coined by farming village. Today there are many commuters who engage in the surrounding larger towns of their work.

The place is now a popular destination for day trips on Lake Geneva. It has a marina and is connected by passenger ship with the other Seeanstößergemeinden the French shore and Nyon. Nernier is off the major thoroughfares, yet is within easy reach of Douvaine and Sciez.